Thursday, March 25, 2010
Patriots enjoy winning week
The Marshall Academy baseball team went unbeaten in the Lewis Harris Memorial Tournament hosted by Bartlett High School in Shelby County last week.
The Patriots came away with a 3-0 record in the tourney and also picked up a win against Hickory Flat to complete a perfect week and improve their overall record to 14-3.
Marshall 9 Fayette 0
In the opener of the tournament, MA played former Mississippi Association of Independent Schools member and conference foe Fayette Academy at Arlington High School. The Pats bested the Vikings behind the pitching of senior Parker James. The right-hander improved his season record to 4-0 by limiting Fayette to four hits while striking out eight.
“Parker has been really good on the mound for us,” coach Johnny Ray said. “He has given us an opportunity to win in every game he has pitched for us this season. I couldn’t ask for anything more from him.”
The Patriots broke open a close game in the fifth inning as they scored five runs. Jake Omedeo doubled home a run, Joey Brock had an RBI single and Joey Omedeo had a sacrifice fly that plated another run in the inning. Those were the key contributors of the frame.
Elgin Lafever was the only Patriot with multiple hits in the game as he had a double and single along with an RBI and two stolen bases.
MA 10 Rebels 6
Marshall played host to Hickory Flat in an early morning start on Tuesday. The Patriots overcame a sluggish start to turn back the Rebels 10-6.
Evan Hickman got MA on the scoreboard in the second inning with a towering double off the base of the right field fence, scoring a pair of runs.
Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the third, Chase Carpenter led off the inning with a triple. Matt Rappa brought him home one batter later as he narrowly missed a home run, settling for an RBI double. Later in the inning, Hickman delivered again, as he knocked Rappa in from third with two outs. After a single by Aaron McAlexander extended the inning, Lafever doubled scoring both base runners. Marshall led 7-4 after three.
MA added tacked on another run in the fifth. Dustin Allen singled to lead off and advanced to second on Caleb Byrd’s sacrifice bunt. McAlexander knocked him in with his third hit of the game.
In the sixth, MA added two more runs for safe assurance. Stephen Pannell led off with a pinch hit single and John Wesley Ray followed with a double. Carpenter’s RBI groundout plated Pannell, and Ray scored when the Rebels misplayed a pop-up in the infield off the bat of Allen.
McAlexander was credited with the mound victory, earning his first varsity decision. Hickman pitched the final three innings, earning the save. McAlexander struck out eight and gave up five hits and four unearned runs. Hickman struck out six and allowed three hits. None of the runs he allowed were earned.
Marshall 3 Tipton Rosemark 0
Facing another former MAIS school, the Patriots won 3-0 over the Rebels of Tipton Rosemark Academy. Will Patton turned in another dominating performance on the mound as he blanked TRA through six innings. Patton escaped a couple bases loaded jams, one in the fourth and another in the sixth, to up his record to 3-1. The Patriot defense also turned two double plays to halt a couple Rebel threats.
“What a performance from Will,” Coach Ray said. “He had his back to the wall a couple of times but he stayed composed and found a way to get out it.”
TRA threatened in the first as the first two batters reached base. But, a double play started by Joey Omedeo at second base helped Patton get into a groove.
The Rebels loaded the bases again in the fourth. With no outs, a comebacker to Patton was relayed to catcher Josh Vanderburg, who tossed to Jake Omedeo for the 1-2-3 double play. Patton struck out a Rebel to end the inning.
Again in the sixth, TRA would load the bases. Patton, never rattled, struck out another Rebel to keep Tipton Rosemark off the scoreboard.
Marshall scored all of its runs in the top of the sixth as they benefitted from three TRA errors. Jake Omedeo reached on a throwing error by the shortstop. After a fly-out to center by Vanderburg, Ray singled and Joey Brock reached on another Tipton Rosemark fielding mistake. After another error allowed Omedeo to score, Byrd delivered a line drive single to right center plating Ray and Brock.
Ray pitched a perfect seventh, striking out one, to pick up his second save of the season.
Ray and Jacob McMinn led the Patriots at the plate with two hits each.
MA 5 Millington 2
Jake Omedeo had a three-run homer and a run-scoring double as the Patriots overcame a 2-0 deficit to win 5-2. Playing at Bolton High School against the Trojans of Millington, MA saw its win streak reach five games.
Trailing 2-1 in the fifth, Lafever and McMinn reached base with singles to start the inning. After two unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempts by Jake Omedeo were fouled off, he promptly sent the 0-2 offering from Ethan Quarles out of the park to put the Pats up 4-2.
“In the long run we really got lucky that Jake didn’t execute that bunt,” Coach Ray said. “That was a huge hit and an even better way to pick your team up. I was so thrilled for him.”
It was his first career home run.
In the top of the seventh, Jake Omedeo added another run to the board for MA as he doubled home McMinn, who had walked to start the inning.
Brock went the distance on the mound for MA as he kept the Trojans in check most of the day. He allowed five hits in running his season record to 3-1.
“Joey is starting to be a complete pitcher,” Ray said. “In the past he has just relied on his fastball but he is mixing in his off-speed pitches now to keep the batters off stride.”
“Joey, Parker and Will have carried us to this point. We aren’t really scoring many runs as a team. With the way they are pitching, that helps tremendously.”
Offensively, besides Jake Omedeo’s performance, Vanderburg was two for four at the plate with a run scored. Marshall had nine hits
The Patriots, after hosting District 1-AA foe Indianola Academy for a twinbill this past Monday, will travel to Indianola on Thursday for another huge district contest versus the Colonels.
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